It is Week 11 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt is Luck.
Welcome to Week 9 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s theme is Disaster. When I saw this writing prompt, the first thing I thought was “large loss of life” and “extreme weather.”
Sadly, the disasters I will be sharing involve both. However, before I address this week’s theme, please allow me a moment to explain how my family came to be in an area where these tragedies occurred.
It is Week 8 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s theme is Prosperity. Prosperity usually means a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, particularly in financial respects. This word derives from the Middle English word prosperite, borrowed from the same Old French word which came from the Latin word prosperus, meaning favorable or fortunate, as in luck.
When I first saw this writing prompt, I immediately thought of the many wealthy ancestors found throughout our families’ trees, specifically in my Cole-Marriner and Watts-Stark lines. Although I have written about several of these ancestors in past posts, a part of me wanted to write about someone not so wealthy and much less famous. So, I thought a bit outside the box. Instead of people who were wealthy or successful by nature, what if I focus on someone whose surname IS this week’s theme?
It is week five in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s prompt is titled So Far Away. Luckily, the ancestor about whom I was writing today, Daniel Busch, fits perfectly into this category.
On this day, 2 February 1836, Daniel Busch (my spouse’s 5th great-grandfather) passed away.
The son of Ludwig and Anna Catharina Busch, Daniel was born in 1750 in the small town of Büdlich, located in the Kurfürstentum Trier, also known as Électorat de Trèves, an ecclesiastical principality of the Holy Roman Empire. This principality was part of a larger area contested by German and French rulers for hundreds of years.
On this day, 22 February 1667, Tristram Hull (my 11th great-grandfather) passed away.